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caught on camera. belgian police say these are the men behind the deadly bomb attacks in brussels. the armed grouped i.s.i.l. claims responsibility for the blasts at the airport and metro that killed at least 34 people. you're watching al jazeera live from doha. coming up in the next half hour, the u.n. refugee agency pulls its staff out from lesbos and other greek islands in protests against the detention of refugees. u.s. president obama completes his three-day historic visit to
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cuba on an optimistic note belgium's prime minister has appealed for calm describing the tragedy in his country as a black day. the armed group i.s.i.l. has claimed responsibility for explosions in brussels that killed at least 34 people and injured dozens of others. the police are looking for this particular man pushing a trolley through the crowds. the two other men in this security camera photo are believed to have been suicide bombers who detonated their devices inside the airport. meanwhile, vigils are being held in cities across the world in solidarity with belgium. the eiffel tower has been lit up with the colors of the belgium flag. crowds have gathered across the city in brussels to mourn the victims. the bombers targeted the airport and the metro station in back to
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back bombings. the attacks were timed to target morning commuters and targets. it happened at around 8.50am. aborigine hour later an explosion occurred on a commuter train. the station ask 100 metres from the european parliament. the attacks took place in the west of the brussels suburb of molenbeek. that is where the alleged attacker salah abdeslam has been shot and arrested by police on friday. our correspondent neave barker has more from brussels. >> reporter: the immediate shock after the attack. an haze of confusion and chaos. the realisation of what just
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happened. once again, the routine of people's lives of making everyday journeys shattered and a dash to escape the danger inside. people were dying one after the other. we tried to keep them alive, but the worst cases were people were throat injuries >> i'm so scared. i feel like it's the end of the world. i heard an explosion and the ceiling was coming down. then i just go under the seat and then the second examples explosion went and everything is black. >> reporter: across the city another attack in the metro station. men women and children abandoned the carriage, escaping as quickly as they could. the injured treated on the
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pavement, the army keeping guard. the shock felt everywhere. an urgent shut down of the public transport system was ordered in brussels and the possibility of further attacks and immediate concern. one rescue organization appealed for people to stay where they were >> it's a bit difficult to take a train. you must have courage to take it because if you don't retake the normal life, you give the terrorists a chance to win, to win the game and that we can't do that. >> reporter: belgian's federal prosecutor has now confirmed that this is the image of three suspects. the authorities say are behind the deadly airport blasts. >> the shock waves of this apparently coordinated attack have already ripped across the continent. the injured have been taken to hospitals and the dead to
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mortuaries. the task of verifying those killed begins >> reporter: months after the last major attack in europe, fears of another strike on civil i can't bes $in public places has been realized. -- civilians in public places as belgium comes to terms with the events of the last 24 hours, people are asking why the bombers targeted the city brussels. jacky rowland reports >> reporter: it's the end of a traumatic day. people take a moment to honor those who died and to think of those who even now are fighting for their lives. there are so many questions. how could this happen and why did the attackers choose brussels. >> a city that is close to me, i've been living here for quite a while, it came as a shock. it was hard. today has been emotionally
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exhausting >> it is a place where you go every day to go to work. you don't think that something could happen there. >> reporter: to begin answering those questions you have to go back to last november. police quickly established a brussels connection to the paris attacks and raided homes in the district. they were looking for members of the cell that planned and coordinated events in paris. that search culminated dramaticdramati dramatically last year in the capture of the prime suspect salah abdeslam. it had taken police more than four months to find him. he had slipped through their fingers on several previous occasions. >> reporter: it was in the building behind me that belgian police finally arrested salah abdeslam on friday night. security officials warned tail light that in these networks, when one cell is closed down,
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others are often activated. that seems to be exactly what has happened. in percentage terms, belgium has seen more of its citizens travelling to syria than any other country in europe. deprived areas have proved fertile ground for i.s.i.l. recruiters. for young people without jobs, prospects or hope, the i.s.i.l. message is simple and se ducktive. -- seductivee >> they're interested in groups of small criminals, drug dealers and so on. they are approached by hate preachers who turn their mind. this can happen in a very short time. >> reporter: the timing of these attacks just days after the arrest of salah abdeslam cannot be a coincidence, but the bombings appear to be more than just an act of revenge. after all, brussels has the e.u.
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and native headquarters. this seems to be an attack on the heart of europe and all it's meant to astand for u.n. special envoy for syria says the attacks in brussels highlights the urgency in resolve the syrian conflict >> we want to remember with sadness but with horror and outrage what has been happening in both istanbul recently and in brussels. the message we are drawing out of it, we need to extinguish the fire of war in syria. we need to find a political solution. we need a political transition in syria in order to be able to make sure that we can all
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concentrate and the syrians can altogether concentrate on what is the real danger of everyone in europe, in the world, in syria and elsewhere in other news the u.n. refugee agency has pulled its staff from camps on lesbos and other greek islands. it says the refugee camps there have become detention centers. >> reporter: for weary refugees arriving in greece these have been a welcomed sight. staff from the u.n. refugee agency have been guiding people to the camps which have become known as hot spots. not any more. >> under the new provisions these so-called hot spots have now become detention facilities, so accordingly and in line of u.n.h.c.r.'s policy on opposing mandatory detention, we have suspended some of our activities
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at all the closed centers on the island. >> reporter: the u.n.h.c.r. says the deal between the e.u. and turkey, which is meant to stop the flow of are refugees through europe, is being prematurely implemented and without proper safeguards. under the plan new rivals are meant to be able to apply for asylum, but it means people are confined to the camps until their claims are assessed. people people are being held here against their will on several group islands. no longer will it transport people to those camps. >> u.n.h.c.r. has a mandate to protect refugees. it doesn't have a mandate to detain them. it's not going to be involved in processing and facilitating mass deportations. it is the to protect them and to see that they get proper information and they will continue to do those things. >> reporter: greece has begun sending thousands of refugees back to turkey, but more still
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come. only now when they land the blue tabs of the u.n. won't be there to greet them e.u. representatives are in indonesia to discuss how asia-pacific nations are dealing with refugees and human trafficking. the final day of the bali process summit is taking place on the island. ministers from 47 countries are looking at ways to stop port augusta listening-- smuggling a strike on an al-qaeda train in southern yemen. at least 40 fighters were killed west of the city of al mukalla. it has struck a blow to al-qaeda's attempts to launch attacks. force loyal to and against the exsild government says strikes were coordinated against houthi rebels. still ahead here on al jazeera, a hero or a political victim. russia convicts a ukrainian fight lot accused of killing two
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journalists. the republic of congo shuts down all telecoms as votes are counted in the presidential election. election.
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welcome back. a quick reminder now. belgian police have released a security camera image of the suspects involved in the attack. the two men on the left are thought to have died when their suitcase bomb exploded. this is the third man.
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34 people were killed in the incidents. i.s.i.l. has claimed responsibility for the attacks. u.n. refugee agency has called its staff from camps on lesbos and other greek islands. this is in protest of detention for refugees arriving by boat from turkey. u.s. president obama mass wrapped up an historic visit to cuba. he has arrived in argentina. that's his plane there on the tarmac. he is continuing his latin american tour. while the relationship between him and his cuban counterpart castro appear to be warm, there were also clear differences. >> reporter: it was the most anticipated part of president obama's historic visit.
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a message earmarked directly for the cuban people >> i have come here to bury the last remnant of the cold war in the americas. because in many ways the u.s. and cuba are like two brothers who have been esstranged for many years. even as we share the same blood. >> reporter: the speech at the grand theater was broadcast live throughout cuba. this woman watched it intensely. he said he believed in free speech, to organise and criticise their government, to protest peacefully without fear of arbitrary arrest and to choose their government in free and democratic elections. all of this without u.s. interference. >> translation: i would love to embrace him, not just see him. there are so many things we need to change. >> it takes time for those circumstances to change judge there were also words directedly
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specific at the president. >> i believe my vift here demonstrates you do not need to fear a threat from the u.s. i am also confident that you need not fear the different voices of the cuban people >> reporter: with that obama went directly to meet were cuban dissidents, more than a dozen opponents of the communist government who are divided on whether the u.s. president visit helps or hinders their cause. >> translation: the main thing is that in contrast to other european and latin american d dignatories, he met with us. it seems he insisted on that. today's meeting was non-goshable. >> reporter: before leaving he attended with the president a football match. critics are certain to queues him of not being tough enough with miss cuban counterpart
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during his trip here. if truth be told, the leaders of both countries are navigating in unchartered waters, both uncertain of how this new chapter in cuban-american relations will ultimately play out. both leaders will be out of office soon. while cuba's president personally s off his american guest, seriouss differences between the governments remain. but for many ordinary due wants is not-- cubans, that ask no longer an impediment to friendship brazil's president dilma rousseff has accused opposition protesters of trying to stage a coup. there have been massive demonstrations in recent days calling for her to resign or than impeached. she has criticized recordings of her phone conversations with
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lula da silva. >> translation: those who call me to resign show fragility of the conviction of the impeachment. they're trying to have a coup against our democracy. i can assure you that i will not cooperate with this. i will not resign for any reason whatsoever russia has jailed a ukrainian pilot for 22 years for the killing of two russian journalists in eastern ukraine. she had been fighting russian-backed rebels in 2014 when she was captured by spritists. -- separatists >> reporter: she was found guilty on two charges, complicity on murder and entering russia illegally. once more she showed contempt for the court singing and chanting glory to ukraine as the judge was handing down the sentence. she was jailed for 22 years. for directing the march tar
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attack that killed two russian journalists in june 2014. her defense had argued she was detained by pro-russian separatists before they were killed and was forcibly taken across the border by russian intelligence officers. a villain here and hero in ukraine. she had been deployed to iraq. she volunteered in the battalion-- batal ooshgs lian. accused of exiting human rights violations. she was also elected in aborigine sentia to the parliament but that did not give her immunity for a trial that was unfair >> we found that the judge has refused to admit material that could potentially serve as an alibi for her. they refused to admit either to admit material or to summon
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witnesses, potential defense witnesses or have refused to order independent expert analysis evidence. that really undermines the fairness of the trial. >> reporter: in the weeks proceeding the end of this trial, ukrainian protesters spent days outside the embassy expressing their anger. her case attracted international attention. >> an immediate an unconditional release >> reporter: the european union and president obama called for her release stating that the detention went against the agreement. she says she will not appeal the ruling. it is very possible that she will be heading home soon. she is on top of ukraine's prisoner swap list in exchange russia will get two intelligence officers held by kiev. whatever the outcome, her case has come to symbolize how far
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torn apart the two countries are niger's leader has run % of the votes. the boycott of the election was low. the electoral commission says the main rival received only 7% of the votes. meanwhile partial results from congo's presidential election show the incumbent mass a significant lead. he has secured 67% of the vote. the results don't cover an opposition stronghold. >> reporter: people hero angerly await for the results from last week's presidential election. meanwhile, results posted outside individual polling stations give people an idea of what the final outcome could be. the government has ordered a shut down of all telecoms to prevent people communicating results to others. it says this is a necessary
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measure to avoid unrest. people haven't been able to make phone calls or access the internet since sunday which is giving rise to much frustration. >> translation: the regime ask dangerous. this is frustrating. who cuts off communication? we think there is something to hide >> reporter: the electoral commission says the state doesn't want people announcing the results before the interior ministry does >> translation: it is necessary for security reasons. no-one is allowed to announce results other than the relevant authorities >> reporter: this is not the first time an african government has shut down telecommunications during an politics. it happened during the elections last month. candidates are focusing on key areas. one is mere, where interest in the election is my. a higher percentage of people has registered to vote than anywhere else. the opposition accuses the government of cutting communications so it can manipulate the vote counting process and the final results.
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opposition candidates have been keeping their own independent tallies of results, bringing together the numbers posted at each poming stations. >>-- polling stations. >> i am in the way to win the election. so you can't come and tell us that is the man who is winning the election if. it is impossible >> reporter: the official results may be announced on wednesday. most leaders say that shows the president has won and they will not accept it. some fear there could be post-election violence three years ago under groundwater reserves were found in one of the hottest and driest regions in kenya. they're thought to have enough water to supply the whole
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country for up to 70 years. according to u.n. esco about 70 million kenyans lack access to clean water. this brings hope to a region that had a devastating drought last year. many people are still frustrated in the process of getting water to them. >> reporter: for the first time in a year, it has randz in this area north ken yachlt people will not have to walk long distances looking for water. it is fleeting and can mislead. it only rained for two days this time. it is known as one of the driest and poorest regions of the country, but it has natural resources like oil and huge underground water reservoirs. this is one of four waters aquifers discovered almost three years ago. the local government wants to use the water for irrigation and has sunk bore hoels
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>> translation: this has changed my family's life. we now have water. we are farming. >> reporter: that's about it. if you move further away from the town, you come face-to-face with the struggles of those who live in the most remote areas. the largest ago confer was about 450 billion cubic metres of water is discovered on the border with south sudan. tests found it is too salty to drink. >> reporter: there was so much excitement when in was discovered. some moved closer. when we visited in 2013 they told us that the water problems were finally over. now not many people will talk about it. they're just frustrated. when we last spoke to this woman and her friends at a near bay village more than two years ago, they were full of hope. nothing much has changed for
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them. they still spend most of their days looking for water. >> translation: i just want the government to do something. when it doesn't rain, this waterbed completely dries up. underneath there is water. it is dirty. dogs drink it, then we drink it. that's why our children are falling sick. >> reporter: local officials say the underground water could be about pur feud tied, but-- purified but the process is too expensive >> we are looking for a solution. there is an alternative assurance for a couple of months for the people and for the livestock. >> reporter: these women say they want more action and less rhetoric. they have been doing this for decades, but they're cautiously holding on to hope that one day
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soon it will be easier to access clean safer water for their families as we've been reporting, vigils have been held around the world after the attacks in belgium that killed at least 34 people. the prime minister called it a black day for the country. we leave you now with images of some of the tributes being paid.
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♪ >> thanks for being us for this america's tonight special report, i'm joie chen. it's a calling card as a merciless enemy, and isil was willing to take the vicious strikes on innocent had victim victims.